Should Carlos Tevez complete a reported move to Juventus, the Gunners could ultimately secure a goal-scorer of the highest quality.
One evening last week, reports began to surface that Carlos Tevez had agreed personal terms with Juventus.
No transfer fee had been agreed with Manchester City. In fact there was no mention of previous talks between the two clubs, only that Juventus’s director Beppe Marotta was set to begin negotiations with the Blues following the striker’s willingness to reduce his wage demands.
At the time it seemed the Serie A champions had turned their back on mooted moves for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain and Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic. But depending on what you read and when, Tevez may in fact be an in-the-bag back-up should Juventus fail in their pursuit of Jovetic; or perhaps he is an alternative should they fail to persuade Madrid to accept a smaller fee for Higuain.
Regardless of which frontman will ultimately be playing for the Bianconeri next season, one thing is clear: Arsenal will be paying very close attention to the developments.
Jovetic has long been linked with a move to the Emirates; some would say he is Arsene Wenger’s number one transfer target this summer. But following reports that he is also high on Antonio Conte’s wish-list, it seemed the Gunners may miss out.
When Higuain – another of their reported targets – said it was “a possibility” that he would be moving to Turin, Arsenal fans may have wondered if either player would be arriving.
And yet reports from Spain suggest Tevez is far more likely to sign for Juventus than Higuain, whose club continue to play hard-ball over his release clause. And should the City striker make the switch – joining Fernando Llorente in a rejuvenated frontline – Jovetic may have to decide if he moves to a club at which a starting place is assured or a competition in itself.
Wenger is sure to move for at least one new striker this summer; and while reports of a possible move for Wayne Rooney sell papers, there is a sense within Old Trafford that any problems the player had about his position in the team will be swiftly alleviated under David Moyes.
With Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis talking of an “escalation in financial firepower” at the club, it appears the Gunners are ready to spend big as they approach a season in which they can realistically challenge for the title should the right players be bought.
They will need to spend big to sign either Jovetic or Higuain – close to €30million. But should City agree a fee with Juventus for Tevez, they may just have the chance to do so.
Can you see either Higuain or Jovetic joining Arsenal this summer? And who would you prefer?
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